Our Application Process
Ready to apply to Glenelg Country School?
We’re happy to have your interest and the opportunity to educate and inspire your child. The various steps of our application process are designed to help insure that your child will transition successfully into our school. Our application deadline for the 2022–2023 academic year is January 15, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Complete Inquiry Form
We will email you login instructions to a secure parent portal within our website. Each parent or guardian noted on the inquiry form with an email address will receive these instructions and have access to your child’s admission page.
Although not required, families may wish to attend a Discovery Day or take a personal tour prior to submitting an application. For students applying to grades 6–11, we invite you to schedule a Meet & Greet session this fall.
Submit an application by logging into myGCS. An application fee of $75 ($125 for international applicants) is required. The application deadline for priority consideration for any available spaces in the following year is January 15 for priority consideration.
Schedule Assessment and Testing
Assessing students during the admission process helps us determine how we can support your child’s growth and development. Our programs are designed to meet your child where they are to help them excel academically and socially.
Request Student Records
You must request that your child’s records be sent to GCS. Download, sign, and submit the School Record Request form found in myGCS to your child’s current school. The school is asked to email records directly to us.
Request Teacher Recommendations
Specific recommendations requirements can be found in myGCS. Requests can be made within myGCS by providing the teacher or administrator’s name and email. Recommendation forms are strictly confidential and are not shared with the parents.
Parent and student questionnaires are found in myGCS and are specifically selected based upon the grade to which you are applying. Forms may be emailed, faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered to the Admission Office.
Download and print the Electronic Signature Agreement found in myGCS. For enrollment purposes, both parent signatures are required. If only one parent has legal custody, that one parent’s signature is sufficient with supporting documentation.
All potential students must complete an assessment as described below:
Applicants for the Little Dragons program are scheduled for a family interview to meet the Director or a teacher. Family interviews are typically held on selected Saturday mornings or during the week for spring and summer applicants.
Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten will be scheduled for a developmental assessment, the Speed DIAL assessment which takes approximately 15 minutes. These will be scheduled after an application is submitted.
Applicants for Kindergarten will be scheduled for a developmental assessment, the DIAL-4, which takes approximately 45 minutes. These will be scheduled after an application is submitted.
Applicants for Grade 1 will be scheduled for a readiness assessment developed by our teachers with a focus on math and reading skills. The testing will take about one hour. These will be scheduled after an application is submitted.
Applicants for Grades 2–3 will be scheduled to take the Stanford Reading and Math assessments and the OLSAT (aptitude test), which take approximately two hours. These will be scheduled after an application is submitted.
Applicants for Grade 4 are asked to take the online Stanford (please see below).
Applicants for Grades 5–11 are asked to take one of the following tests, all designed to help determine academic readiness in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, mathematics, and writing.Testing should be completed by February 1 if possible and may be scheduled any time beginning October 1.
- Stanford 10 Online (Abbreviated Version). Accepted as admission testing this year by Glenelg Country School, the Stanford 10 Online is a nationally normed achievement test done online in your home. This is a two-day test, offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Although untimed, it typically takes 1.5 hours on each day any time between 9 am–5 pm. The cost for this test is $35.
For more information and to register, please visit Seton Testing Services. Please be sure to select the Abbreviated Version, and the test level for the grade your child is currently in (NOT the grade for which you are applying). Registration must be completed at least three weeks prior to the testing week desired.
- ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). The ISEE is an admission test developed by the ERB (Educational Records Bureau). It has three levels: a Lower Level for candidates to Grades 5–6; a Middle Level for candidates to Grades 7–8; and an Upper Level for candidates to Grades 9–12.
- SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). The SSAT is another standardized test. Candidates to Grades 6–8 take the Middle Level, and candidates to Grades 9–12 take the Upper Level. For more information, testing options, and registration, please visit SSAT.
- PSAT 8/9/10 (Preliminary SAT). Candidates to Grades 9–12 may submit PSAT results in lieu of admission testing.
The First Step in Your Child’s Future.
If you haven’t already, please fill out our online inquiry form or contact the Admission Office at 410.531.7347. Once we receive your inquiry, you will be given access to myGCS so you can view community-wide news, photos, videos, and additional information pertinent to our students, families, and school.
Glenelg Country School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of our education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs, and the appointment of faculty and staff.